Terence Roe

the unfolding line

abstract line drawing pen and ink on card
abstract line drawing pen and ink on card

abstract form  .  graphite on card  .  2012
abstract form . graphite on card . 2012

abstract line drawing    ink on card
abstract line drawing ink on card 2013

abstract  line drawing pen and ink on card
abstract line drawing pen and ink on card

Since very young I have drawn. I began doodling on the walls of our house as a child and slowly progressed to paper, cardboard and wood, though later I returned to creating large pen and ink, cross-hatched portraits on the walls of my bedroom.

Portrait Mum Charcoal on paper.jpg
portrait . mum . charcoal on paper . 1998

3 self portraits 'Insomnia'  crayon on paper  2000 .jpg
3 self portraits 'Insomnia' . crayon on paper . 2000

'water fall'  pen on paper 2000 private collection.jpg
'water fall' pen on paper 2000 private collection

learning to walk  .  ink on paper  .  2000
learning to walk . ink on paper . 2000

The unfolding line has always held a fascination for me and the creation of space and atmosphere through line has been my ongoing development whether figurative or abstract.

evolution  .  face  .  pen and ink on card 2015
evolution . face . pen and ink on card . 2015

evolution  .  face  . 3  pen and ink on card  .  2015

evolution  .  face  . 2  pen and ink on card  .  2015

Painting, tone and colour was something I began to explore at Art College but it has always taken second place to the graphic line. At Art College I also discovered pastel and charcoal, both mediums lending themselves to my natural graphic style.

abstract drawing  pen on paper -2014
untitled . pen and ink on paper . 2011 . 12 x 34 cm

'lovers' crayon on card  .  2000
'embrace' crayon on card . 2000

'face'  pen and ink on card  2001
'face' . pen and ink on card . 2001

sexing the bones  .  crayon on paper  .  1995
sexing the bones . crayon on paper . 1995

I am now exploring the idea which I refer to as ‘evolutions’ These are mainly works in pen and ink which are repeated and developed in progression four, five or six times until I feel that the sequence of ‘evolution’ is interesting enough and holds a certain dynamic.

evolution 'head'    ink on card    2014
evolution 'head' . ink on card . 2014

Although the process is not highly refined yet, what is always interesting for me is to see how something abstract can slowly emerge into a more figurative expression or how a figurative representation can dissolve into something more spatial and abstract.

' flight ' pen on card   2015
' flight ' pen on card 2015

'Flight'  pen on card

I have begun working on a larger scale, more freely, using and combining different mediums.

 abstract to figurative evolutions  .  ink on card  .  2015
abstract to figurative evolutions . ink on card . 2014

Still doodling.